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On 15/03/14 11:25, Pedro wrote:

If OASIS (the organization that defines the ODF standard) is not able to
keep pace and improve on the document's definition to make it a valid open
document standard, then the de facto standard will ALWAYS be the MS file

ODF has a clear path forward, and is actively maintained by OASIS. There
is an ODF 1.0 which is an ISO standard, and an ODF 1.2 which is in the
process of becoming an ISO standard (backward compatible with ODF 1.0).
Standard definitions, by their own nature, are moving slowly. This is
the reason why LibreOffice is compatible with both ODF 1.0 and ODF 1.2.

Microsoft OOXML, on the other hand, has never been implemented according
to the standard ISO definition, and is not even actively maintained by
ECMA (because ECMA is not focused on document standards as much as OASIS
is). Unfortunately, in the market there are more OOXML documents than
ODF documents, but this does not make OOXML format a standard.

LibreOffice makes every possible effort to be interoperable with all
Microsoft Office proprietary document formats, because this is what
users are asking (so, the answer to the original question is YES).

On the other hand, Microsoft makes every possible effort to make OOXML
not interoperable, which means that maintaining compatibility is like
trying to shoot a pheasant while driving a motorbike on a rough path
with the eyes shut.

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